Edgar Wright, director of Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, is making a movie based on Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man character. Got that? Good, now you officially know as much about the project as the rest of us. However, as you might have gathered from the headline, we do now have an official release date for this flick: November 6, 2015.
That news comes courtesy of Disney and Marvel Studios, who unfortunately offer no other info on the film. Superhero Hype points out that this release date means Ant-Man will be joining The Avengers in 2015’s crop of superhero movies. Likewise, that Wright co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish, writer of critical-favorite Attack The Block.
While our collective knowledge of the film is rather lacking, we do know quite a bit about the Ant-Man character, so let’s use that as a jumping off point for discussion.
The key issue Wright faces in creating this film is that he has three distinct versions of Ant-Man to choose from. Hank Pym, the original, is a brilliant scientist with the ability to grow and shrink objects at will thanks to the miraculous “Pym Particles” he discovered. Giving Marvel’s propensity for character crossovers it’s also notable that Pym was a founding member of The Avengers. Given that this is the version of Ant-Man that most people know, it seems reasonable to expect Wright’s film to center on Pym, but we’re having a hard time imagining an Edgar Wright film that tackles the topic of spousal abuse. Pym could be an interesting character, but it seems like it would be incredibly difficult to create a film around him without covering all those times he’s slapped his wife around.
Following Pym, a man named Scott Lang adopted the Ant-Man identity. He swiped the Pym Particle technology from Pym in an effort to help his sick daughter. Though Lang’s adventures had him interacting with a number of other notable Marvel heroes, this version of Ant-Man didn’t ever really do anything terribly interesting, at least as far as a mainstream audience might be concerned. As a result, we see Lang as the least likely to appear in Wright’s film.
The final iteration of the Ant-Man character is less notable than the original, but seems the mostly likely to fit well in an Edgar Wright movie. The Eric O’Grady version of Ant-Man was created by Robert Kirkman, a comic book author you’d best know as the creator and writer of The Walking Dead. Instead of using the Pym Particles for good, O’Grady decides to use his new-found super powers to seduce his recently deceased best friend’s girlfriend. Yes, we realize how terrible that sounds, but Kirkman wrote the book as a dark comedy. It serves as a satirical example of the ways in which having superpowers can corrupt a person. This kind of genre deconstruction has been a favorite among comic book fans for decades, so it only makes sense that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would eventually produce a film that dissects the popular superhero tropes shown in the films that came before it.
Regardless of which concept you prefer, we likely won’t know any more about this movie for quite some time. Wright is notoriously secretive about his films, and with the release date being over three years away we doubt Ant-Man has even entered real production.